National Aug 17, 2019

Kitakyushu and Fukuoka to introduce accommodation tax from April

Kitakyushu officials agreed with the Fukuoka Prefectural Government on Friday to set its planned accommodation tax for people staying at hotels in the city at ¥200 per guest per night. The second-biggest city in the prefecture aims to introduce the levy in April. From the ¥200, ...

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

Sumo Jul 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

by John Gunning

There are six honbasho (official tournaments) every year. They take place in the odd-numbered months, with half being hosted in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The remaining three are the spring tournament in Osaka in March, the July tournament in Nagoya and the November meet in Fukuoka. While ...

Editorials Jun 10, 2019

G20 frustrations

The upcoming G20 summit will test Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's diplomatic skills, but ultimate success may well depend on the relationship he has nurtured with U.S. President Donald Trump.